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Goshen residents organize rally in support of Ferguson community

The peaceful rally will take place in front of the Elkhart County Courthouse on Saturday, Aug. 30.

Posted on Aug. 29, 2014 at 4:43 p.m. | Updated on Aug. 30, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.

GOSHEN — Some Goshen residents will hold a peaceful rally Saturday, Aug. 30, in support of the residents in Ferguson, Mo.

The rally will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. in front of the Elkhart County Courthouse on Main Street.

Protests erupted in Ferguson, Mo., after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, was shot and killed Aug. 9 by Darren Wilson, a white police officer.

The protests led to sometimes violent clashes with local police, who have been broadly criticized for its tactics against mostly unarmed residents.

Marcia Cross of Goshen is helping to promote Saturday’s rally.

The goal is not to criticize local law enforcement, she said, but to show others that the local community cares about what other Americans are going through.

“I just really want to see people given the chance to say they care about what’s happening and that we don’t want to live in a society where police are militarized and where there is such unequal treatment for black and Latino young men,” she said.

She compares spirit of the rally to the Spanish word “acompañamiento,” which means standing with someone else “because you know their cause is right, even though you cannot claim to understand it,” she said.

Rally attendees are invited to bring signs in support of residents in Ferguson, Mo.

Children and families are welcome to attend.




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